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Visa Regulations for Indonesia

Are you planning on living in Indonesia? Indonesia is an amazing country full of cultural and natural highlights. If you are considering living in Indonesia as an expatriate, read our guide for more information on Indonesia’s various regions, transportation, visa options and more.
Due to the high temperatures, most Indonesians enjoy a shaded courtyard.

The First Step towards a Visa

There are several different types of visas that can be acquired for Indonesia. Most of these must be applied for preceding your arrival. Be sure to contact your nearest Indonesian embassy or consulate to ensure that you have all the proper paperwork. It is also imperative that you have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your departure to Indonesia.

Below, you will find a list containing the valid visas for shorter stays in Indonesia alongside brief explanations. For an in-depth look at work-related visas and permits, please refer to our article on Moving to Indonesia, instead. Please remember to visit the website of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more specific and detailed information and also note that visa fees vary depending on your country of origin.

Visas for Shorter Stays

Visitation visas are divided into the following categories:

  • Tourist visa (single or multiple entries)*: Valid for stays of up to 60 days, the tourist visa requires the display of a roundtrip itinerary, a return or through ticket, a copy of your bank statement, and an application letter. Please note that for some nationalities and ports of entry, there is also a visa on arrival available (see below) or, for single-entry tourist stays of up to 30 days, you might not even need a visa. For more details on the latter, please refer to the website of the Directorate General of Immigration.
  • Business visa (single or multiple entries): As its name suggests, the intention of the holder of said visa has to be to do business in Indonesia. In order to successfully receive such a visa, you require a letter of purpose from your employer. Moreover, you need a guarantee that all your expenses concerning transportation and living will be covered. The maximum length of stay is 60 days.
  • Social visit visa (single or multiple entries): This visa is to be applied for either by people wishing to visit relatives or participants in a cultural exchange. Requirements include a letter of invitation from the person or organization requesting your presence, a copy of the ID card or residence permit of the principal person residing in Indonesia, and proof of a roundtrip ticket.
  • Journalist visa: Please contact your respective Indonesian embassy for more information on press passes and journalist visas. Please be sure to do so well in advance of your planned departure, i.e. at least two months.
  • Research visa (single entry only): Persons interested in applying for a research visa must get the approval of both the State Ministry of Research and Technology and the Directorate General of Immigration. The relevant contact email address is
  • Visa on Arrival (VOA): As its name suggests, this visa is applied for directly at the airport upon arrival in Indonesia. It is only an option for residents of certain countries, though. It is only valid for a period of 30 days, which can be extended for another 30 days upon re-application. This means that you may stay a total of 60 days in Indonesia on a VOA. However, it doesn’t qualify as a working visa and cannot be converted to any other kind of valid visa. The application for those is separate and must be made from your home country.

* Please note the following: single entry means you can enter Indonesia only once, while multiple entries allow you to enter several times during the validity period of your visa.


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